Maple Roasted Butternut Squash is the best side dish ever. It's easy to make, sweet, and delicious. Cranberries, pecans, and a little cinnamon make this special enough to serve to guests yet cozy enough to serve with a weeknight dinner.

A wooden spoon serving maple roasted butternut squash.

I have a recipe for you guys that I am even more excited than usual to share. This maple roasted butternut squash is all things warm and wintery. Laced with maple syrup and a hint of cinnamon, this is a side dish I know you're going to love.

It would do a darn good job of stealing the show on your Christmas dinner table. But my vote is that you make this right away. It's so easy to make that I've put it in the easy weeknight recipes category.

Why you'll love this Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

  • I've made it with Mann's pre-cut butternut squash. ← This makes your life SO MUCH EASIER!
  • Tasty (and healthy!) butternut squash wrapped in a blanket of maple syrup.
  • Toasted pecans. Because they really are the best ever.
  • Tart cranberries that are so in season.
  • A little sprinkle of cinnamon which is just. so. winter.
  • Totally vegan + gluten-free + paleo. But more importantly, totally delicious.

Move over sweet potato casserole, there's a new dish in town!

A bag of Mann's Fresh Vegetables Butternut Squash on a baking sheet with butternut squash pieces next to it ready to be made into maple roasted butternut squash.

The only thing about this recipe that could be a pain is trying to hack open a butternut squash. Have you tried it? They're almost impossibly hard to cut through. I've even chipped a good knife trying to cut one in half. #truth

And after you finally cut through it then you have to peel the whole thing. And peeling a butternut squash is NOT as easy as peeling a potato. Trust me.

Luckily for us, the good people at Mann's Fresh Vegetables have done all the work for us. They've somehow managed to peel and dice butternut squash into the most perfect little pieces. It's kind of amazing.

And opening a bag of Mann's Butternut Squash will save you at least 20 minutes of time and a whole pile of work. Thanks, Mann's

I'm a big fan of Mann's Fresh Vegetables pre-cut and washed veggies. They make it so much easier to eat healthy veggies.

Butternut squash with maple syrup and cinnamon on a baking sheet ready to go into the oven and become maple roasted butternut squash.

Let's make some butternut squash maple syrup magic happen

Maple roasted butternut squash is SUPER EASY to make. Here's how you do it:

  1. Toss the butternut squash cubes with some oil, cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne (or more if you like it spicy) and some maple syrup.
  2. Pop the maple syrup coated squash onto a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Now add some pecans and cranberries and pop the squash back in the oven for another 15 minutes.

That's it!

Maple roasted butternut squash with cranberries and pecans on a baking sheet.

What to serve with maple roasted butternut squash?

Roast chicken is my favorite with this recipe. I like to put some bone-in chicken thighs on the baking sheet with the squash and cook them at the same time. A simple green salad is all you need to make this a dinner.

This butternut squash recipe served beside a nut loaf would make a delicious vegan dinner.

A close up of maple roasted butternut squash with cranberries and pecans on a baking sheet.

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A wooden spoon serving maple roasted butternut squash.

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Pecans

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

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Description

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash is the best side dish ever. It's easy to make, sweet, and delicious. Cranberries, pecans, and a little cinnamon make this special enough to serve to guests yet cozy enough to serve with a weeknight dinner.


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Ingredients

  • 1 20-ounce package of Mann's Fresh Vegetables Butternut Squash (find out where to buy it here)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or another neutral-flavored oil)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the butternut squash in a mixing bowl and add the avocado oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt, and cayenne and mix well. Pour onto the baking sheet making sure that the butternut squash is in a single layer.
  • Roast for 15 minutes then add the pecans and cranberries to the baking sheet. Mix them with the squash then return the baking sheet to the oven for 15 minutes more, or until the butternut squash is soft and starting to caramelize.

Notes

This recipe doubles easily. Make sure to use an 11×13″ baking sheet (or 2 small baking sheets) so the butternut squash is in a single layer.

If you have a sweet tooth you can drizzle a little extra maple syrup over the butternut squash after it comes out of the oven, as you see in the video.

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